Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a public press conference today (July 31, 2012) to help promote several upcoming UFC pay-per-views (PPV) later this year.
The press conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET and will take place live from New York, New York, the second stop of the special world tour. Scheduled to attend will be multitude of upcoming PPV headliners, Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, Georges St. Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.
If the conference is as sizzling as yesterday's, we should be in for a grand 'ol time.
Velasquez, Jones, St. Pierre and Rousey are the UFC Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, Welterweight and women's Bantamweight champions respectively. Velasquez will be headlining the upcoming UFC 166 event in Houston while Jones will headline UFC 165 in Toronto. St. Pierre will be the main event of UFC 167 in Las Vegas while Rousey will co-headline UFC 168, also taking place in Las Vegas.
Dos Santos, Gustafsson, Hendricks and Tate are the respective title challengers and are slated to vie for the belts opposite the champions in the upcoming headlining and co-headlining bouts.
The World Tour will make a pit stop in Montreal tomorrow to close out the special media series. Stay tuned to MMAmania for complete coverage of the week's festivities.
Hemmi here! The press conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Jon Jones: It varies every time. Sometimes I look the guy in the eyes, sometimes I don't. I expect to be looking this 6'5 behemoth in the eyes several times.
Junior dos Santos: For me, Cain Velasquez is a great opponent. For sure I'll try something different than our last fight. He knows more about me, I know more about him so it'll be interesting for you guys.
Alexander Gustafsson: Yes, I trained with Phil Davis. I did my camp at Team Alliance with all the guys there. I've got a lot of sparring over there. We're bringing in a lot of guys.
Dana White: It's during the summer. We were number one on television in all the demos. All the time, money and attention are being spent on Fox Sports 1 right now. We pulled a great number. The NFL influence is massive. This card was promoted during baseball and the median age of baseball is 50. NFL is huge for us.
Johny Hendricks: I don't know. I hope I don't have to wrestle him. Hopefully I finish it but if I have to, yes. I go in with the prospect of winning every aspect of it. If I have to, I will.
Jon Jones: It wasn't a goal of mine to dethrone Anderson but the thought of a superfight was becoming more real.
Georges St. Pierre: As much as I'm happy for Chris because he's a training partner of mine, I'm sad for Anderson. It makes me realize nobody's invincible and gives me motivation. It reminds me that I'm only one mistake from losing everything so it makes me sharper.
Miesha Tate: I'm gonna change a bit of my training strategies and I have a better understanding of what it feels like in there. We strive to learn. Coming off a loss I feel I learn the most. I really think it made me better. I'm looking forward to a second shot. I'm gonna make the most of it.
Dana White: I've avoided saying stuff like this but the bottom line is this, the most powerful politician in this state is keeping us out of New York for no other reason than he supports the union. It's a slap in the face to democracy. You guys gotta vote him out, not me. The most powerful politician in New York is keeping MMA out of New York.
Jon Jones: I think Anderson has a lot of fight left in him. If he comes back and looks amazing against Chris Weidman, he's right back where he was really. I guess his next fight shows where he'll be in the grand scheme of things.
Dana White: Shelly Silver. It's not that he's against mixed martial arts. It's about the Las Vegas Culinary Union. They've been trying to unionize Station Casinos. The union is very strong here in New York and Shelly Silver is backed by the union. It has nothing to do with the revenue and jobs. Not just the city but the state of New York. We'd go to fight nights in Syracuse and Buffalo. We've been working on this for years. It's so blatant and everybody knows it and all things surrounding him right now. He just doesn't care. He's actually that powerful.
Dana White: A lot of people don't realize, if you look at baseball players and football players, there's a whole team. In fighting, these guys go out there alone by themselves and they face another competitor who's trying to be the best. There's so much pressure and stress and a lot of things people don't realize. They're amazing athletes and amazing human beings.
Ronda Rousey: I fight emotionless when I'm out there. I don't have any time to feel one way or another about my opponent. Compartmentalizing is what sets champions apart. I've had terrible days in the weeks leading up to the fight and I still go out and do it.
Miesha Tate: They did the first time for me. I won't make that same mistake again. Sometimes if you have a dislike for someone, it's hard to separate that. I didn't get into fighting to beat up people I don't like. I'm doing my very best to put my personal dislike for Ronda aside. There's a belt on the line and that's all that matters to me.
Jon Jones: I've got a lot to prove still. I'm not looking past the challenge here but Glover Teixeira is a guy I've got my sights set on.
Jon Jones: I think Lyoto Machida is gonna win. He has phenomenal footwork. Machida has a very deceptive left hand. I don't think Phil Davis' kickboxing level has anything to do with that.
Junior dos Santos: He's doing very well. He's in Rio now. He got some problems in his arm after that fight. For sure he'll come to El Salvador where I live to help with training for my next fight.
Dana White: The Garden's been great for us. They've been fighting the fight since day one. We've done everything we could do. We've lobbied and lobbied and lobbied. We've walked the halls at the legislature here. The support we have is unbelievable.
Ronda Rousey: All of them are equally important for me. I treat every fight like it's an Olympic final. No one's easy until after you beat them, in this case again. You have to treat every fight like it's the end of the world because it is.
Georges St. Pierre: It's true, Johny really earned the title shot. He's on a roll right now. He's the number one guy. I want to be the best and to be the best, I have to beat the best. I'm ready for the fight and I'm excited.
Ronda Rousey: I really do believe the person you're in the ring fighting is the person you have the most in common with in the room. I was backstage the Kaufman fight and I was watching her fight Julie Kedzie and I thought it was the fight of the year. I turned to my coach and said, "I might shake her hand today," and she took the microphone and said she couldn't wait for Ronda to get hit today so I cancelled those plans.
Miesha Tate: After I fought Cat Zingano was the one time. Ronda surprisingly said it was a good fight. It was cool here and there. There's been a couple glimmers of hope. The problem I had with Ronda was I felt disrespected from the get-go. She said she'd slap the title out of my hands in an interview.
Georges St. Pierre: Let me clarify. In my free time, I don't watch fights all the time. I have a few fighters I like to watch. If it's not a friend or a guy I like to watch fight, I don't watch. I'm more a nerd. That's my lifestyle. Back in the day, I wasn't a fan of women's MMA and I saw the Cyborg brutalizing another women. I felt bad for the woman getting beat. I actually saw the fight of Ronda, the last fight and the armbar and I think she stands out from the other women. She has a nice set-up and she made me change my mind a little bit. I'm not against women fighting. I just didn't really pay attention to it before. I'm in it now so there's no problem with that. It was one girl going through another girl. It was maybe my heart, the way I am, I have two sisters. It hurt me to see one girl get a ferocious beating. Now things have evolved. I saw Ronda's fight almost getting choked and coming back.
Dana White: I didn't like women's MMA either. I hated it. But I educated myself. Until you see women fighting and realize how many talented women there are now. GSP was uneducated on women's fighting just like I was.
Ronda Rousey: I understood why. I was always such an adamant Diaz fan but now that the fight has happened, he did a great job. I said the day GSP said he loves MMA, I'll say I'm enthralled every time he fights.
Miesha Tate: There are no victims. Any women going out there, they know what they're getting into. I'm getting kneed in the face by Cat Zingano and I'm thinking "Yeah I love this sport." Winning, losing, that's all part of it.
Johny Hendricks: You train for a long time, you think you're getting it but there's always obstacles you have to overcome. November 16th is going to be a wonderful night. I can't wait.
Cain Velasquez: Jon Jones is a great champion. If he does come up, I'd accept the challenge for sure.
Georges St. Pierre: I'm happy fighting in Vegas. It's the capital fighting city in the world. Fighting at home makes you have a lot of pressure. Vegas is like my second home for fighting. I have my spots, my restaurant and everything and I'm very happy to be fighting in Vegas.
Alexander Gustafsson: I try to be a better fighter for every fight. I try to improve every time. As an MMA fighter, you never get fully learned. You try to train and new talent's coming up. The sport is evolving all the time. Try to be a better Alex for the next fight and so on.
Dana White: It depends on how it's done. We have a lot of stuff to do here but it's a great opportunity for these guys. This huge deal with Fox, a lot of these fighters are becoming analysts when they retire. I love the opportunity as long as it doesn't interfere with what we've got going on and these do not.
Cain Velasquez: As far as boxing, I always loved it growing up. Watching Chavez fight gave me inspiration to play a combat sport. Tyson Fury, I think everyone needs to earn their shot. You don't walk into the sport and get a shot. I welcome him to earn his way up. It's not gonna be pretty.
Dana White: Nobody knew who this dude was until he started calling Cain out. If Cain Velasquez continues on his run, I'd love to see Cain smash that fool. It wouldn't be boxing, it would be MMA. That fight would last as long as James Toney did.
Miesha Tate: I would say Leslie Smith. She's making waves. She just tried 125. She's killing people left and right. Google her, she's someone to reckon with. Leslie Smith.
Ronda Rousey: The chick I think is the best that nobody's every heard of is Taylor Stadford. I fought her in my second fight and I was so impressed with her. She was so upset afterwards and the way she fought and how much she cared. She's making her pro debut at 135 when she recovers from her injury and I'm looking forward to it.